This biography of the Champollion brothers was published in
Grenoble in 1887. Jean-Francois (1790-1832) was a child prodigy who
had taught himself numerous ancient languages in his teenage years,
despite not having received any formal education. Having become an
assistant professor of history at Grenoble in his nineteenth year,
Jean-Francois published a decipherment of the trilingual Rosetta
Stone in 1824, thus offering the key to an understanding of
Egyptian hieroglyphics and consequently of the civilisation of
ancient Egypt. His older brother, Jacques-Joseph (1778-1867),
although a less gifted scholar, supported Jean-Francois and kept
his name and achievement before the public after his early death.
Jacques-Joseph's son Aime-Louis (1813-94), the author of this
biographical account, followed in his father's footsteps, becoming
the librarian of the Bibliotheque Royale and publishing works on
palaeography. Based on original letters, this is the only
near-contemporary biography of the pioneering Egyptologist.
Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
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